Mushrooms come in all shapes, sizes and colours.
While some people like their mushrooms sauteed with a little butter and enjoyed with a glass of wine. Others enjoy hunting them down in their natural environment, just to try to snap a beautiful photo.
We definitely fall into the latter category!
Almost every weekend we try to hit the road because for us, nothing beats a weekend mushroom hunt. We often get up with the sun, and leave early to avoid the busy roads and crowds.
Camera gear in the car. A couple of sandwiches. And our course planned and plotted out.
We hit the road, ready to explore, and hopefully forget about the hectic working week just past.
Our weekend plans are often based around finding a new hiking trail or waterfall to visit. But the deciding factor is often based around mushrooms.
- Is it a good spot for mushrooms?
- Will we find any mushrooms there?
- Can we find any new mushroom species here?
- Has anyone been sharing new mushroom photos on social media from these locations?
While we enjoy all types of fungi, there is just something special about a mushroom. Maybe a childhood of growing up watching the Smurfs in their mushroom houses had something to do with it?
Either way, we enjoy it and we hope you do as well because that’s why this post was created after all!
Where did we find them?
These mushrooms have predominantly been found in the North West region of Tasmania, which has some of our favourite hunting locations.
These locations include the Waratah area (Philosophers Falls, Hellyer Gorge). Along with stops on the Tarkine Drive (Trowutta Arch, Julius River, Milkshake Hills). And around Burnie (Fern Glade, Romaine Reserve) and Penguin (Ferndene Reserve).
I’ve added where we found them in the photo captions, so you can find them yourselves, but ensure you look everywhere!
We’ve found mushrooms in open grassy fields, dense pine forests, temperate rainforests and even local parks have great mushrooms waiting to be found. We’ve even found one that had to be photographed in the pitch-black darkness! The bioluminescent Ghost Mushroom!